The parents of dyslexic children are transforming the way schools teach reading | The Optimist Daily
Today’s Solutions: July 12, 2024

The reading proficiency of kids in America is shockingly low. Apparently, less than 40 percent of fourth and eighth-grade students nationwide are proficient readers—and the blame lies on flawed methods of teaching reading in our education systems where kids are taught simply the letters and the sounds they make. From there it becomes a matter of hoping they will put the two together, which is an incredibly hard task for children with dyslexia, a learning disability that affects one in five individuals.

Now, led by parents of children with dyslexia, some states are trying to change how reading is taught. In line with the articles we’ve featured this week about neurodiversity, here’s a video out of Arkansas where a group of determined advocates have upended traditional reading instruction to shrink the reading gap in America and help kids living with dyslexia.

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